Do Caravans Need a Gas Certificate?

Do Caravans Need a Gas Certificate?

So you've just purchased a beautiful new caravan or motorhome and can't wait to go camping. Beautiful beaches, undiscovered towns, and unspoiled landscape. Hiking. Marshmallows and bonfires. Living in a world where you are completely disconnected from the rest of the world.

Going off the grid is the next best lifestyle for you, but there are a few things to consider before leaving the city!

Of course, when it comes to your caravan, you must consider your safety, especially when dealing with high-risk gas.

So, get your checklist ready for the countryside! Obtaining a gas safety certificate is critical if you have not had one done in the last 12 months. Our gas safety professionals deal with many dangerous gas scenarios that could put you and your family at risk.

Please make sure that your gas system is safe if you have a caravan. To ensure no one is injured in a gas explosion, these rules are in place for your protection.

We can assist you with getting your caravan gas certificate completed. Give us a call or send an email for a reservation.

Remember that gas safety certificates are not the same as mobile roadworthy certificates, so don't get them confused. Here you can learn what a roadworthy is, when and how it works.

What Is The Purpose Of A Caravan Gas Certificate?

If you're planning to install or already possess gas appliances of any type in your new or old camper, you'll need a gas safety certificate.

A caravan gas certificate, to put it another way, is when a QLD-approved gas specialist inspects your caravan's gas to ensure that it is safe for you and other road users.

They are reasonably priced and last for three months. All of this is for your safety. Having your gas examined and inspected to verify that it is safe reduces your chance of significant injury or unforeseen difficulties. It's priceless when you put it that way. Unless you are selling, buying or renovating the caravan / RV, we recommend an Annual check by one of our gas technicians and get a copy to keep for your records.

A professional gas technician or licensed LP Gas Fitter inspects the system during the certification process. Our technicians are all registered and approved by the Queensland government.

Every time you have a gas appliance installed or removed, you must perform this procedure. Cooktops, stoves, hot water, grillers, refrigerators, and other equipment with gas piping fall under this category.

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Caravan owners frequently fail their gas certificates in the following areas:

Keep in mind that before calling a professional, you should take certain precautions to ensure that you'll pass the inspection. Ideally, any additional costs should be spent on making your caravan secure rather than the cost of the examinations.

Here are five common areas to avoid failing the first time:

  1. On the regulator, there is no test point.
  2. The regulator must be higher than the gas bottle valve.
  3. The refrigerator must be well aired.
  4. Appliances must be licensed and certified in Australia.
  5. The hot water system should be well-sealed.

Double-check that these areas are in good working order to save money and pass the first time before scheduling a gas safety inspection.

When Is It Necessary To Get A Gas Certificate For My Caravan?

When purchasing, transferring or selling a caravan, motorhome, camper trailer, or campervan, you must obtain a gas safety certificate along with your road safety certificate.

Even if the certificate is still valid after buying or selling the vehicle, you should have the appliances appraised by a specialist. The gas certificate must be no more than three months old when the transfer occurs.

In more straightforward terms:

  • You're purchasing a previously unregistered trailer or campervan.
  • Transferring your registration from one state to another
  • Your registration has expired for more than 3 months.
  • A caravan or trailer can be bought or sold.

Please note that you will require a fresh inspection if you intend to install a beautiful new burner in your trailer for cooking.

It may be inconvenient, but it's preferable to worry about a damaged gas system, especially if you plan to go to remote places with limited phone service. Or, even worse, an unanticipated hazard of making a mistake. Prepare yourself and stay safe.

What Should I Do To Pass My Caravan Gas Certificate Exam?

All of your appliances must be able to work correctly. This is more convenient for the gas fitter and saves time.

Please remove those jacks from underneath your caravan because it needs to be flat on the ground.

A gas canister has a 10-year expiration date.

A compliance plate for gas.

A gas pressure test point must be built so that the gas fitter may check the pressure coming from the regulator.

A dual-stage regulator is required to cope with high and low gas pressure.

AS5601 Australian standards must be followed by the equipment you use.

These are the conditions you must meet to receive a gas safety certificate at the end of your inspection. It's not much, and it's all for your safety, as you can see.

These inspections are in place to keep you and your family safe, not to put a burden on you. It's not difficult to pass; it's just a matter of fundamental safety.

Our gas professionals are also required to remove and replace these items. In this manner, you may have them both tested and installed. Two birds with one stone: remodel while reducing risks!

Consider all of the meals you'd like to prepare after a long day on the road. Do you have a craving for pasta? Or do you have a weekly food plan that you can't follow without your stove?

This will benefit you if you enjoy long hot showers after your regular trips. It is both safe and practical.

Why Is It Important To Have A Gas Regulator On A Caravan Or Motorhome?

The gas regulator on the caravan's gas tank maintains a smooth, equal pressure of gas coming out of the tank. Our gas professionals will disconnect the tank and test the regulator for pressure.

If the pressure needle isn't registering any pressure, you've got a leak someplace. We'll follow the line from the gas tank via the pipe to each gas-powered unit, which could be as simple as the seals and pipes. It may need to be re-sealed on occasion.

A gas safety gauge, which always indicates the Gas Cylinder Level at a glance, is a good investment for added safety. The level sensor detects the gas bottle's remaining liquid level. The safety gauge will immediately shut off the gas in the case of a leak.

The main conclusion is that a gas inspection can assist in identifying and correcting these issues. It's also worth noting that 90% of the time, our gas professionals can genuinely solve problems to assist you to pass the inspection the first time.

Is it mandatory to obtain a gas certificate for your caravan?

Yes, this certificate, akin to a roadworthy examination, is required by law. Under AS/NZS5601.1:2013 Gas Installations, there is information in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines publication.

A table of what needs to be tested with your caravan may be found on page 7. The following are a few of these clauses:

  • Points of pressure testing
  • Exhaust from the breather vents
  • Locations of vent terminals
  • Terminals for gas flues.
  • Clearances around a gas stove or oven.
  • Clearances around gas cooking appliances in the home.
  • Combustible surfaces around a gas cooking device should be protected.
  • Spillage tests are performed.
  • Symbols used in schematics of gas control systems.

Don't get your head spinning with this. You don't need to worry about the technical details because this is ultimately up to the professional to assess. It's just necessary to list these legal criteria to avoid getting into problems.

Gas certifications are necessary by law because they ensure the safety of other road users and your own.

caravan gas system

When obtaining a caravan gas certificate, a few things to keep in mind.

You want to avoid scammers and shady people doing dangerous jobs when gas is approved for your trailer or motorhome.

If you notice white thread-tape instead of yellow, that means they're sealing up water rather than gas! The yellow tape is for gas, whereas the white tape is for water.

But, on a more serious side, there are cowboys out there who will perform a gas check on purpose and then fail you. After that, they will try to remedy the flaws at a highly inflated price, charging you triple the cost.

Unfortunately, this thing does happen, so be mindful of who you're going with and verify their reviews or company size beforehand. It happens with roadworthy, so choosing the lowest option is sometimes suspect and can be a costly mistake.

Our gas technicians will be able to show you an original copy of their Certificate of Inspection and their QLD approval to demonstrate that they are specialists in their field.

They must also place a label on the gas system and preserve a copy of the gas inspection certificate for a minimum of three years. This ensures that you don't get yourself into any trouble.

Do you also require a gas certificate for my motorhome?

Gas safety certificates are required for both caravans and motorhomes. You can schedule this with one of our expert gas specialists once more. Gas checks for new RVs may be completed quickly, and the results are usually positive.

Gas safety assessments may take a little longer for older RVs and caravans. Don't worry, though; the pricing remains unchanged. We're simply taking extra precautions to guarantee the safety of you and other road users or joyful campers.

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